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LG Esteem review

With the LG Esteem, you get a handy slab of glass, metal, and plastic that can easily take care of most of your mobile computing needs. It’s more than just a phone, and it’s clearly not your average multimedia device. There are quite a number of models like it available with 4-inch screens, but it proves better than most of these similarly sized alternatives by having one very important feature: 4G LTE connectivity.

As you may already know, 4G LTE lets users enjoy the fastest mobile data connection speeds available. The Esteem supports it along with EV-DO Rev. 0 and Rev. A data, plus it works with CDMA networks such as those under MetroPCS in the US. It has a 4.3-inch 480x800 touchscreen display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. This can be upgraded further through a built-in microSD card slot, but there isn’t much that can be done about the paltry amount of RAM. This sometimes leads to a few hiccups during use, especially since the processor only runs on a single core.

The thing that most users like about the Esteem is the fact that it has a large touchscreen display so it’s easy to operate and it comes with all of today’s most important wireless features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS with A-GPS. With its 1,500mAh battery, it offers 7 hours of talk time on a single charge. Its default OS is Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which stopped being impressive over a year ago.

It seems that LG worked hard in trying to find a balance with the Esteem. Consensus is that it worked.

Need to Know: LG Esteem

1. 4.3-inch 480x800 touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Standard battery lasts up to 7 hours of talk time per charge. (The Good)

3. Processor only runs on a single core. (The Bad)

4. Older version of the Android software. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

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Screen Size

The LG Esteem's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 20 days standby time.

LG Esteem Specs

Release date September 28, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
800/1700/1900 MHz
1700/1900/2100 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.85 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.8 x 6.7 x 1.3 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 172 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Polaris Office)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Bryce, LG MS910

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